XEQ – Tips & Tricks – Advanced Mode

1. Introduction

The audio quality is extremely dependent on your device and speaker system. Our equalizer uses the native Android libraries in order to have the maximum hardware optimizations.
Following are some tips in order to optimize the equalizer usage.

2. How to start

XEQ in advanced mode (minimum Android 10 is required), has included more than 20 professional presets, try them all to see which one comes closest to your needs. Once identified, you can try to change it by acting on the sliders.

3. Flat in one click

In our application you can find more preset curves to try but if you want to have the best you must do the curve yourself. So, start from the flat equalizer curve by tapping the zero labels.

4. Slider Fine Adjust

By tapping the slider labels that indicate the level of each band [dB] you can easily fine-adjust the sliders.

5. Limiter

Compression reduces the dynamic range of a sound. It turns down the loudest parts of the sound while bringing the quietest parts up. This makes the volume more consistent but decreases the dynamic range. 

visual comparison of uncompressed audio and compressed audio. Compressed audio has shorter peaks and looks more round

Limiter parameters

  • Threshold is the point that the compressor kicks in
  • Ratio determines how much the volume is reduced by
  • Attack Time is how quickly the compressor engages and reduces the volume of the audio
  • Release Time is how long it takes the compressor to dis-engage
  • Post Gain is necessary to compensate we use the ‘make-up gain’ or ‘output gain’ control to increase the volume of the audio coming out of the compressor

Threshold and Ratio

A graph showing how a compressor works

Attack and Release time

A graph to show how attack and release time work

6. Multiband Compressor

What’s the difference between a compressor and a limiter? A compressor is used for shaping the dynamic range of a signal by attenuating the loud parts and boosting the quiet parts, while a limiter is designed to catch peaks, prevent audio clipping, and preserve sonic integrity.

Multiband Compressor advantage

Multiband compressors can act differently on different frequency bands. The advantage of multiband compression over full-bandwidth compression is that problems related to a specific frequency range can be fixed without unnecessary compression in the other, unrelated frequencies. The downside is that frequency-specific compression is more complex and requires more processing capacity than full-bandwidth compression and can introduce phase issues.

XEQ Multiband Compressor

We have chosen a professional vintage style, inspired by the best analog compressors, with a very smooth sound.

We have 3 bands, just like the best-known traditional compressors.
1 – The first band goes from 0Hz -> Low Xover
2 – The second band goes from Low Xover -> Hight Xover
3 – The third band goes from Hight Xover -> 20Khz Low Xover

Low Xover value (Max position) = Hight Xover value (Low position) -> Two bands only

The Bypass switch temporarily excludes all the bands.

How to test and learn

1 – Start from a flat setting:

  • Input gain at 0 – center position
  • Output gain at 0 – center position
  • Threshold Off – min position

2 – Consider and edit one band of frequency at a time

3 – Increase the compression intervention

  • Try to increase the threshold (step by step)
  • Try to increase the Input Gain (step by step)

4 – Compensate the compression

  • Increase the output Gain

5 – Enjoy with other bands and parameters! 🙂

The songs are all fully compressed and the master, so the Multiband Compressor could be not necessary. Anyway, I suggest the following unmastered album in order to fully enjoy XEQ.

7. Dolby Atmos?

This feature is not present in all devices, disabling it improves audio fidelity. You can find this option in the Audio settings of your device. This choice is personal but we recommend trying without it.

Dolby Atmos

8. Developer Mode

Starting from version 18.16.0 is possible to turn on the developer mode. This allows you to turn on experimental features supported by your device. We recommend turning on this modality only if you’re an audio expert user. All the experimental features are not officially supported, so, we relieve ourselves of any responsibility ad no warranty is included.

You can turn on or turn off this modality by pressing five times the version button on the About page.